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Journal Journal: Polymer Electronics

Second-generation printed electronics have arrived and their impact on society will be immense. A major new industry is born. Transparent solar cells will be on watches by year end and vast areas of printed flexible photovoltaics will be available within the next few years. Polymer alternatives will have lower efficiency but often be lower in cost.
Light emitting moving color displays, vehicle and room lighting on flexible substrates, the electronic book and many forms of disposable electronics are near to mass rollout.

Some new versions are flexible and use printed polymer thin film transistor circuits (TFTC) from Plastic Logic as back plane drivers. Working samples of these have been widely available in 2006. None of them require a voltage to retain the image.

This year saw smart drug packs with printed sensors and sometimes printed batteries. These have unique electronic identification and they record which pill was removed when, because 50 percent of patients take their medication incorrectly. Initially they are being used to improve drug trials such as the National Institute of Health trial of Azithromycin and a Novartis trial this year. We already have flexible, electroluminescent color displays from billboards to animated watch backgrounds.

Journal Journal: NY Center for Nanotech Research

New York State is fast on its way to becoming a center for nanotechnology, with employment at the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE) now exceeding 1,000 - a ten-fold increase in four years.

Based at the University of Albany, the CNSE has attracted many leading nanoelectronics companies to the area, the university said in a statement. There are now currently more than 1,350 scientists and researchers in the area from organizations including IBM, AMD, Qimonda, Micron, Sematech, Applied Materials, Tokyo Electron, ASML, Sony, Toshiba and Honeywell.

Since 2001 - the same year CNSE's Albany NanoTech complex was designated as New York State's Center of Excellence in Nanoelectronics and Nanotechnology - more than $600 million has been invested by New York State government in programs and initiatives at the University of Albany Nanocollege, which in turn has attracted over $2.5 billion in private investment, according to the University.

Employment is projected to reach 2,000 upon completion of CNSE's newest building, NanoFab 300 East, which will provide additional state-of-the-art office, virtual classroom, conferencing, laboratory and business incubation space and serve as home to the Institute for Nanoelectronics Discovery and Exploration, a $435 million initiative that focuses on cutting-edge nanotechnology research for future generations of transistor technologies.

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